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5:15 PM ET, September 20, 2007


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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Reso Condemning MoveOn Passes Overwhelmingly, With Lots Of Dems  —  The GOP-introduced resolution condemning MoveOn just passed by a huge margin, 72-25.  Roughly half the Democrats in the Senate supported it.  —  A couple of the more interesting votes: Jim Webb, who just yesterday was a Netroots hero …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
25 Senate Democrats Support "Betray Us", Including Hillary  —  The Senate passed the Jon Cornyn amendment condemning the ad that called General David Petraeus a liar and potential traitor, 72-25.  All 25 Senators who voted in support of these smears against an American military commander …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bush vs MoveOn
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Audio: Ahmadinejad should be "physically restrained" from going to Ground Zero, says McCain; Update: Ahmadinejad backs down?  —  He's half-joking but it may come to that.  Against all odds, this thing looks like it's going to happen.  The word today from the relevant powers …
ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Iranian president intends to visit Ground Zero
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rather Strikes Back  —  I was extremely surprised by Dan Rather's lawsuit yesterday, but not as stunned as the CBS people I called, who just simply could not believe it.  —  No one was shocked that Rather is still mad at CBS — he made that clear when he left the network last year …
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
What Does Bin Laden Want?  —  We've been arguing over al Qaeda's aims since before 9/11.  Some take Osama bin Laden's specific complaints seriously.  But we shouldn't, as we learned this month from his latest rambling communiqué, which faulted America for seemingly everything …
Discussion: Done With Mirrors and Dean's World
Think Progress:
Bush: Don't Ask Me About The Economy, I Got A 'B In Econ 101′  —  Today in his press conference, a reporter asked President Bush whether there was a "risk of a recession."  Bush declined to answer, pointing out that he's never been very good at "Econ 101″: … Watch it:
Michael Roston / Huffington Post:
Bush Claims He "Got A B In Econ 101"
White House:
Press Conference by the President  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  In just 10 days the State Children's Health Insurance Program, known as S-CHIP, is set to expire.  This important program helps children whose families cannot afford private health insurance, but do not qualify for Medicaid to get coverage they need.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Fox's goddamn hypocrisy.  —  During the Fox network broadcast of the Emmy Awards this week, Actress Sally Field's acceptance speech was censored because she used the word "goddamn."  "If mothers ruled the world," Field said, "there would be no god-damned wars in the first place."
Discussion: MoJoBlog, The Sideshow and QandO
Ramesh Ponnuru / New York Times:
Taxing the Hand That Feeds Us  —  REPUBLICAN presidential candidates can't get elected without owning the tax issue.  So far, the current crop is giving it away.  —  A huge reason for Ronald Reagan's popularity was his cutting of all income-tax rates and ending of "bracket creep," …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Hey All You Anti-War Crazies....  Just shut up already, and let the Senate deal with it: … Or not.  You can sign the MoveOn petition: … Hagel, by the way, voted to condemn MoveOn.  —  I guess that's his right.  He's a Senator, after all.  —  Update: Hello!
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Congress Approval Rises Slightly to 24%  —  Gain almost entirely due to improved ratings from Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's 2007 polling from January through August chronicled a nearly relentless decline in public approval of the job Congress is doing.
Pam / Pam's House Blend:
Progressive blogosphere MIA on Jena 6  —  [My god.  The depth of ignorance and denial over the lack of progressive blogging on this story is displayed in full flower at Chris's diary at DKos, where he cross posted — and some of the excuses are mind-boggling.]
Horses Mouth:
Okay, this is a fun postcript to the whole battle over John Bohner's "small price" remark, which this blog first reported on a couple of weeks ago.  —  Boehner has finally responded personally on television for the first time to all the criticism of his remark, a sign that the beating he's taking …
STUNNING ABOUT FACE!  REPUBLICAN MAYOR OF SAN DIEGO ABANDONS HOMOPHOBIA AND ENDORSES SAME SEX MARRIAGE  —  Yesterday, by a 5-3 vote, the City Council of San Diego passed a resolution supporting marriage equality.  Jerry Sanders, the Republican mayor— who campaigned opposing marriage equality …
Adrian Croft / Reuters:
Giuliani says NATO should admit Israel, Japan  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani urged NATO to admit Australia, India, Israel, Japan and Singapore on Wednesday as part of proposals to combat Islamic extremism.  —  Speaking to a U.S.-British conservative group in London …
Terror Watch: A secret lobbying campaign  —  The secret lobbying campaign your phone company doesn't want you to know about  —  The nation's biggest telecommunications companies, working closely with the White House, have mounted a secretive lobbying campaign to get Congress to quickly approve …
James Dobson to Fred Thompson: No Thanks  —  James Dobson, head of the influential Focus on the Family Ministry will be taking a pass on supporting Fred Thompson.  You can read why below from The Associated Press and then get my take afterwards: … Read the whole article here.
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Hirsh: Blackwater and the Bush Legacy  —  How Bush has created a moral vacuum in Iraq in which Americans can kill for free.  —  Imagine a universe where a man can gun down women and children anytime he pleases, knowing he will never be brought to justice.  A place where morality is null and void, and arbitrary killing is the rule.
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Paul Begala / The Huffington Post:
Democrats Should Attack Bush, Not MoveOn
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Tula Connell / Firedoglake:
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
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From The Dept. Of Wasting My Taxpayer Dollars On GOP Political Grandstanding
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Fred Thompson vs. Teh Sexy
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
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